Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Weeks Worth of Real Food Meals in Just a Few Hours

A week's worth of real food meals in just a few hours, without a hassle via: How to Just About Anything

    I absolutely love cooking and baking. Especially the baking. A warm chocolate chip cookie with a cold glass of creamy raw milk is one of my favorite things. Or peach crumble, or ice cream, or a good jambalaya... well, you get the idea.

    What I don't like is all the hours I end up spending making food. Add in doing the dishes, buying the groceries, figuring out what recipes to make with the groceries, and my meal making time is ridiculous. Especially since I'm all about eating real food, no boxes and storebought, premade items.

    So how do you go from that, to real food with minimal time and effort and still have great results?

    I've recently gained access to a few super helpful kitchen tools. Separately they're useful, but by combining the tips and resources offered by all of them, I'm able to maximize my time in the kitchen exponentially.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Essential Oil Wars- what to look for in a company

Which essential oil company is best? How to choose a quality essential oil. via How to Just Anything

    For me it's like the Grinch and Christmas. I stay away from conflict with a 99 and 1/2 foot pole. But sometimes, as I'm increasingly finding out, conflict has to be dealt with.

    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." As a Christian dealing with sticky and usually unwanted situations, it's my first instinct to avoid or lash out at others in a hurried defense.

     However, there can be no peacemaking without a fight present. And how can we be peacemakers, if we don't stick around to handle the situation in a Godly way? More importantly, those who step up as mediators God calls His children. That is amazing to me!

     When it comes to subjects like vaccines, politics and religion, we all seem to expect a disagreement. Unfortunately it's often an ugly disagreement. When I first became interested in essential oils, I never imagined that it would be a subject that could cause so much dissent, name calling and ill feelings.

So how did all of this start? And why in the world are we fighting over where to buy our essential oils from?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DIY Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter

Mint chocolate whipped body butter via: How To Just About Anything

     One of my favorite things about making my own body care products is that I can customize them exactly how I want. Strawberries in my face mask? I can do that. Lavender essential oil in my oil serum? I can do that too. Tea tree in my facewash for blemishes? Yep, that too.

   Essential oils are a great way to add some pizazz to your body care products, even when you just want them to smell good. Like this diy chocolate mint body butter. It feels so creamy and luscious on your skin. And the mint chocolate scent makes me hungry.

     This isn't one of those fake fragrance oil scents though, made out of who knows what chemicals. Did you know these fragrance manufacturers won't tell you what's in their proprietary blend, in order to keep it secret!?

What you will find in this are pure oils, body butters and essential oils. Here's the breakdown and why it's so good for you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Breakfast Pizza With Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

Breakfast Pizza with Hollandaise Sauce - Only 30 minutes for a delicious, easy meal that is sure to impress : via How To Just About Anything

     When I was little my favorite breakfast was Coco Wheats. It was like having chocolate pudding for breakfast. Even better, the Coco Wheat's factory was only 15 minutes away, so you were always assured of a steady supply. And while I still enjoy the occasional guilty pleasure of a warm bowl of chocolaty Coco Wheats, my palate has grown accustomed to slightly more sophistication in the breakfast routine.

Like this breakfast pizza. The crust is a soft on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside biscuit breading. And the sautéed mushrooms add just enough earthy bite for the perfect savory breakfast dish. And the lemony, buttery hollandaise sauce? Well that's just the icing on the cake.

This is the perfect recipe for a brunch with the ladies, a lazy Saturday morning, or anytime you want breakfast to feel special. But this doesn't have to be reserved for special occasions. With only 15-20 minutes of prep time, and then only 10 minutes of final bake time, it's a quick dish to whip up any day of the week.

Breakfast Pizza with Hollandaise Sauce - Only 30 minutes for a delicious, easy meal that is sure to impress : via How To Just About Anything

If you've never made a hollandaise before, don't be intimidated by the fancy sounding name. It really is super easy to make. No one will guess this elegant looking sauce came from just 3 ingredients and a little bit of stirring.

I also like to use my soured raw milk to make biscuit dough with. Even though it tastes gross to drink, it makes the BEST baked goods! Think flaky buttermilk biscuits.

Breakfast Pizza With Hollandaise (serves 8)


For crust
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. real salt
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1/3 cup pastured lard or coconut oil
  • Milk- (this is a great way to use that leftover soured raw milk)

  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 3 egg whites plus one egg whisked with 3 Tbs. milk
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup cheese (cheddar or Swiss are both good)

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • fresh herbs (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder. Using a fork, mash the coconut oil or lard in. Add the honey and just enough milk to make a workable dough, about 1/2 cup.
  3. Use your hands to work this into a ball. Either roll the dough out on a floured surface, or set the ball in the center of your pan and flatten/work the dough to the edges.
  4. Put in the oven for 7 minutes, or until mostly baked through, but not brown.
  5. In a skillet melt the butter, then add the sliced mushrooms and salt. Once these begin to soften, add the egg mixture, stirring as needed. After 2-3 minutes add the spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted and eggs are moist, but not wet. Spread the topping across the biscuit crust.
  6. For the sauce, whisk together the egg yolks and lemon juice in a saucepan. Add the 1/2 cup butter and heat over very low heat, whisking constantly. Cook until the butter is melted and sauce has thickened to the desired amount. It will thicken more as it cools.
  7. Sprinkle the cheese over the pizza and return to the oven for 10 min, or just until melted.
  8. Drizzle the warm hollandaise sauce over the pizza.